ERCOT: Texas' electric supply should be OK for summer

State agency predicts no rotating power outages

TAYLOR, Texas - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is predicting that the state will have enough power this summer to avoid rotating power outages across the state.

ERCOT is a Texas agency that monitors the electric grid across most of Texas. The agency monitors usage, analyzes trends and sends almost constant messages to power generators across the state.

On Tuesday, ERCOT officials talked about the hurricane season approaching.

ERCOT Meteorologist Chris Coleman said it should be all quiet on the Gulf Coast.

"I lean toward zero or one named storm, so at this point, (I'm) leaning toward a quiet season," Coleman said.

But, most important, ERCOT officials talked about whether Texas will have enough power to make it through the summer heat.

Dan Woodfin, ERCOT’s director of system operations, said he gets a common question from the public.

"The main thing is to keep the lights on,” Woodfin said. “How do we do that? We make sure that we've got adequate generating capacity online."

He said if this summer is about as hot as last summer, there should be no problem and there should be no rotating power outages around the state.

"We're not expecting to have to do that this summer," Woodfin said.

Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, said just recently, ERCOT found out the long-term outlook for power is good.

"We do expect to have adequate reserves,” Lasher said. “Next summer, our expectation actually is that there will be more reserves. We've got several power plants that are going to be coming online."

But he says if this summer is as hot as 2011, all bets are off.

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